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1898: Ferdinand Porsche designed the Egger-Lohner electric C.2 Phaeton, the P1. It had a 3hp electric motor, a range of 80km, and could reach 35km/h. The original vehicle was rediscovered and was unveiled at the Porsche museum on 31 January 2014.
1948, Gmund Austria: Porsche's first car, the 356, had a 1086cc 30kW VW engine. Production moved to Stuttgart and 369 were there built in 1950.
1953: The mid-engined Porsche 550 Spyder. (The actor James Dean was killed in his 550 in 1955.)
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1963 356C
1963: 904 GTS road & race car.
1964: Porsche 911, start of a legend.
1969: Mid-engined Porsche/VW 914.
1970 & 1971: Porsche 917s won the Le Mans 24-hour race.
1976: Front-engined Porsche 924.
1977: Front-engined Porsche 928, 4.5-litre V8, at the 1977 Geneva Motor Show.
1981: Porsche showed the Porsche 911 AWD concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
1984: A Porsche 911 AWD won the Paris-Dakar rally.
1982: Front-engined Porsche 944.
1986: Porsche 959 AWDs (with off-road suspension, etc.) finished 1, 2 and 6 (the support car) in the Paris Dakar rally, 2.85-litre, twin-turbo, flat-6, 400+hp, 500Nm. 292 [regular] 959s were built from 1986 to 1988 as a group-B rallying study -- Porsche.
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1987: "Production" 959s on sale.
1991: 944968.
1995: Mid-engined Porsche Boxster, 2.5-litre flat-6.
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2002: A Porsche SUV(!) - the 4x4 Porsche Cayenne - developed in conjunction with VW (~ the VW Touareg).
2007: Porsche seemed to gain effective control of VW buying 31% of the latter's shares and successfully challenging a German law limiting VW shareholders to voting at most 20%. But, financially, Porsche had bitten off more than it could chew.
2009: Front-engined, 4-door Porsche Panamera went on sale, 4.8-litre V8, RWD or AWD, also a turbo-charged version.
2009, May: VW and Porsche decided to merge. After a hard battle, the VW and Porsche boards agreed to Porsche being absorbed into VW (23/7/'09), VW to take 42% of Porsche AG by the end of 2009 (13/8/'09); then 49.9% (7/12/'09).
2012, August 1: Volkswagen and Porsche finalized the creation of their "Integrated Automotive Group" in which Volkswagen held 100% of Porsche AG via a holding company -- VW.
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